Students Admitted with an English as a Second Language Requirement (ESLR): Foundation Program required

If you have been admitted to the University with an ESLR:

  • Your ESL for Academic Purposes (ESLA) studies begin in your first term of study and continue every term, including the summer term, until you satisfy the ESLR. Each ESLA course runs for one term.  All levels of ESLA are offered every term.
  • You must satisfy the ESLR within 1 calendar year of your initial registration (e.g. receive a B- or higher in ESLA 1900 within 12 months of your first registration in ESLA, 3 consecutive terms).
  • Placement into your first ESLA course is determined by the School of Linguistics and Language Studies (SLaLS) using the English language test scores you submitted with your application. Further placements will be based on the ESLA final grade you receive in your ESLA course. (Placements based on test results are valid for 2 years after the test date.  Placements based on ESLA final grades are valid for 1)
  • Incorrect registration could result in the Registrar’s Office withdrawing you from all your courses for the term or making changes to your registration (adding and/or withdrawing you from courses to include the required ESLA course). Check your timetable and Carleton email account in case you have been sent a message about issues with your registration.
  • If your ESL placement is below the acceptable level for admission to Carleton University, you are not permitted to register in credit courses at the University at this time. For minimum scores see option 2 in the ESLR entry (section 4) of the calendar link below.

For more information on the ESLR, see the ESLR entry (section 4) in the Undergraduate Calendar.

If you have an ESLR, please register as follows in Carleton Central:

STEP 1: Register in your assigned ESLA course level

  • Look under ‘ADMINISTRATIVE HOLDS’ in Carleton Central to see the ESLA course level you must take (ESLA 1300, ESLA 1500, or ESLA 1900).
  • Register in this ESLA course as soon as possible as space in ESLA courses is limited.
  • You are also permitted to register in the next ESLA course level (along with the same course load) as soon as registration for the next term is available.
  • An ESLA course is 1.0 credit.

STEP 2: Register in any ‘other credit’ you are permitted

The maximum course load (per term) you are permitted to register in along with your ESLA course is also listed in your ESLA ADMINISTRATIVE hold in Carleton Central (e.g. ESLA 1500 + 1 other credit).

If you are an undergraduate degree student and get a B- or higher in your ESLA course, you may be able to take more courses in the next term(s) of study.

Further restrictions may apply to your listed ‘other credit’ course load:

If you are an Undergraduate degree student (e.g. admitted to a Bachelor of Arts program)

  • During a fall or winter term, the ‘other credit’ course load in your ESLA hold is accurate.
  • During a summer term, the normal course load for all Carleton students is lower. The course load listed in your ESLA hold may therefore have further restrictions. See the chart found in the English as a Second Language Requirement (ESLR) section in the Summer Studies website for more information.

If you are a Special Student

  • Your ‘other credit’ course load will always be different than the amount listed in your ESLA hold.
  • During a fall or winter term, you will be able to study ESLA plus a maximum of 0.5 credit.
  • During a summer term, if you have accepted an offer of admission to a fall undergraduate program, you will be able to take ESLA plus 0.5 credit in the summer term. If you have no fall admission you will only be able to register in your ESLA course.

If you need help with your registration, see the Registrar’s Office Registration help website.

STEP 3: Activate your Student Computing Account (including your email)

All registered students are eligible for a MyCarletonOne (MC1) account and are assigned a Carleton email address that must be activated.  Visit the ITS website for more information about setting up your computing account.

All correspondence from the university will be sent to your Carleton email account. Remember to check your email account regularly.  Remember to also use that account when emailing the university and to  include your student number in all your messages.

Contact Us
For more information about credit ESLA courses, the Foundation Program, and the ESLR, visit the SLaLS website, email SLaLS, telephone (613) 520-6612, or come in person to room 358 St. Patrick’s Building.